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Bob Gontarek

I surved under him in I company 3/9 in late 67 to early 68. He was a great officer, leader and man. He will be missed.

Evie Brewer

I will always consider my memories of him to be a blessing.

Jane Marie Malcolm

Kathy, Your Bill and I worked together at AIM. He was my friend and we talked about everything, over the years. Did you know he let me borrow one of his white gloves and his grandfather’s Spanish American War medal to photograph for the covers of two of my novels? He and my Bruce talked cars and more cars. Both are once again shooting the breeze in Heaven, all healed and healthy. We will see them again. Of this, I am sure. Much love to you and all who cared about Bill.

Howard and Lisa Smith

Dear Kathy and the Conger Family, we are so sorry to hear about Bill's passing. We met Bill when we first came to Fernandina and we quickly learned about his steadfast love for the beautiful town and it's amazing people. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mary Beth Koerner Pasque

Uncle Bill - Rest In Peace!!

Mike and Lisa Rylant

Dear Aunt Kathy, Susan, and Conger Family: We are very sorry to hear about Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time.

Robert Thomas Holden

During 1968 I served with (then) Capt. Conger. His leadership was inspiring. I consider Capt "Crunch" the best combat Marine officer to serve in Vietnam!

William Albert Conger


William Albert Conger, 83, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at his Fernandina Beach residence after a lengthy illness with his wife by his side.
He was born on July 31,1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from St. Xavier High School in 1956, he attended and graduated from the University of Dayton in 1961 at which time he began his 22 year career in the United States Marine Corps. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, advancing to the rank of Major. Bill was awarded a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with Valor, and two Purple Hearts. The men he served with became lifelong friends.
Bill loved cars and, in particular, Jaquar sports cars. As a member of several Jaguar car clubs, he and his wife traveled throughout the United States attending and competing in car shows. Cruising was a second love of his, taking over 30 cruises. Moving to Fernandina Beach in 1996 as a Community Association Manager at The Amelia Island Plantation, he became interested in his community, serving 15 years on the Fernandina Planning Advisory Board and as a representative of the Local Planning Agency; Building and Grounds Coordinator at the Amelia Island Museum of History; Toys for Tots; and a lifelong member of the VFW.
Bill is survived by his wife of 18 years, Kathy Rylant Conger; his daughter, Cathy Conger (Greg) and granddaughter Nora Webb; his son, William Conger; his son, Craig (Vicki) and granddaughter Chase and grandson Brennan; his grandson Christian and granddaugter Savanna; stepdaughter Susan Lang Messing (Erick) and granddaughter Catherine and grandson Max. His mother, father, brother, and beloved son Kyle Conger and Reilly Webb predeceased him.
A memorial service will be held at the chapel of Oxley-Heard on Monday, April 4, 2022, at 2 PM. His final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. at a later to be determined date.
The family requests donations made to Community Hospice and Palliative Care, 1348 South 18th Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034.


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